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The End of A Bad War

end-of-iraq-warThe war in Iraq officially ended last week in a dreary speech by President Obama, a speech that hailed the war heroes, tepidly reviewed the results of the war campaign, and ended with a somber reflection on our economy.

If the speech left a taste in your mouth, it was not one to leave you salivating for more.

How do you triumphantly speak about a war with which you disagreed?

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Richard CummingsThe End of A Bad War

“Look”: Joe Biden on Meet the Press

Like much of America, I tune into Meet the Press on Sunday mornings.

This morning Joe Biden was the guest on Meet the Press with relatively new host David Gregory.

They talked about a myriad of topics but I had trouble listening…because Joe Biden kept commanding me to “Look!”.

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Richard Cummings“Look”: Joe Biden on Meet the Press
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George Bush Returns to “Likeability” In Interview With Larry King

george-bush-larry-king-interviewAfter Al Gore lost the election to George Bush, his demeanor changed as if a weight had been lifted off his shoulders.  He became much more electable after he lost the election.
The same can be said of John McCain in his loss to Barack Obama.  For some reason, he lost his true self during the presidential race and then found himself again after it was over.  Had the real John McCain run against Barack Obama, he might have faired a little better.

I think of these character changes as I just watched a full Larry King interview with George and Laura Bush.

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Richard CummingsGeorge Bush Returns to “Likeability” In Interview With Larry King
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Politicians Who Say “Look” All The Time [drive me crazy!]

mcain obama overuse of the word lookPoliticians who say the word “look” all the time are driving me absolutely insane!

As I watched John McCain and Barack Obama on 60 minutes last night, I realized what my new commander-in-chief is going to command me to do most often:  “Look!

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Richard CummingsPoliticians Who Say “Look” All The Time [drive me crazy!]

Barack Obama: New Commercial [A President that the World Embraces]

Sometimes, when political parties aren’t doing a good enough job at creating commercials for their candidates, you just have to do it for them.

In the 2008 election, Barack Obama is losing steam because McCain is claiming Barack is just popular, rock-star politician with no substance.

Here is the ad I have created for them:

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Richard CummingsBarack Obama: New Commercial [A President that the World Embraces]
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Political Speeches Last Night: John McCain, Hillary Clinton, and Barack Obama

political speechesObservations on the Political Speeches Last Night [June 2008]: John McCain is a Kinda Creepy, Hillary is Finally Hillary, and  Barack is Just Plain Cool!


John McCain should not have listened to the advice he received last night:  SMILE!

It was unnatural.  There were moments when it seemed the teleprompter must have parenthetically included:  Smile right NOW and Look At The Camera.  The smile was forced out like a painful delivery and somewhat sinister.

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Richard CummingsPolitical Speeches Last Night: John McCain, Hillary Clinton, and Barack Obama

Did John Edwards Mean What I think He Meant?

When someone has no good reason to say something, they might be saying more than you think.

As I got to thinking who would win the 2008 November elections (Barack, Hillary, McCain) today, I thought of the words John Edwards spoke to Wolf Blitzer while he was still in the race…”I am the most electable of the three of us in the general election.” At the time, John Edwards trailed by wide margins in all of the polls and seemed to have no justification for saying this. Perhaps, this was just politics as usual. Perhaps.

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Richard CummingsDid John Edwards Mean What I think He Meant?

Letter to George Bush Before the War

President Bush/Whitehouse:

I hope that this email falls into the hands of someone with authority.

I am a 34 year old business owner originally from St. Louis, Mo. and now living in San Francisco, CA.  I have never emailed the government and my participation in government has always been limited to voting 4 times a year for president.

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Richard CummingsLetter to George Bush Before the War